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Star Trek: Starfleet Command
Starfleet Command 1 box.jpg

Cover of the "Gold Edition" release

Publisher: Interplay Entertainment
Developer: Quicksilver Software, 14 Degrees East
Released: 10 August 1999
Stardate: Unknown (Unknown)
Platform(s): Windows 9x, ME
System Requirements: P200 MHz (P166 MHz with 3D accelerator), DirectX 6.1, 32 MB RAM, DirectX-certified video card, DirectX-certified sound card, 4x CD-ROM drive, 250 MB hard disk space
Rating(s): ESRB Everyone ELSPA 3 USK 12 Sell tp OFLC G8
Genre(s): Strategy
Reference #: ASIN B00002EPYY (US)
ASIN B00004WGJ5 (Germany Captain's Edition)

Star Trek: Starfleet Command is a computer game based on the table-top wargame Star Fleet Battles. It simulates fleet warfare in the Star Trek universe.

StoryEdit

Starfleet Command is an open world game; a player's actions during a mission will affect the game world (i.e, if the player succeeds, their chosen faction also succeeds).

While the basic campaigns are meant to emulate the 'General War' period of the Star Fleet Battles timeline, the main storyline of Starfleet Command spans several unique faction-based missions, focusing on the disappearance of the Organians.

GameplayEdit

Starfleet Command is divided into three segments: a "Campaign" game, several "Skirmish" games and a multiplayer component. The "Dynaverse" (the game's 'campaign' mode) resembles an adventure in which the captain of the ship (the player) earns prestige by successfully completing missions. These prestige points can be used to 'purchase' new ships, as well as repair and refit them and assign crew members. The "Skirmish" and "play-and-forget" games are fast and self-contained and help the player become familiar with the game and the missions available in the "Dynaverse". In multiplayer mode, the player connects via IP or using a game matching service such as Gamespy to challenge other human players instead of the computer-controlled AI.

The player can play as one of six races:

PopularityEdit

Federation Battleship F-BB

Federation Battleship (F-BB)

Starfleet Command was released by Interplay when the Star Trek computer-game franchise was experiencing incredible popularity. Interplay had previously released Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, which had given the company a dominant position among the three primary game publishers of the time.

Starfleet Command proved equally popular, and a dedicated fan community developed to create modifications to the basic game; such modifications included new ships, scenarios, alterations to existing game mechanics, and entirely new storylines and missions.

The release of Starfleet Command is considered to be the beginning of a 'Golden Age' for licensed Star Trek games; between 1999 and 2001, Interplay and Activision started producing more and better games in the franchise. The trend continued until 2001, when Interplay bowed out and Activision took over all of the main components of the gaming franchise.

Starfleet Command was was followed by three sequels: Star Trek: Starfleet Command II: Empires at War, Star Trek: Starfleet Command - Orion Pirates, and Star Trek: Starfleet Command III; the series is one of the longest-running (and best-recieved) series of the Trek game franchise.

GameplayEdit

The game places the player in command of a single vessel, which the player must maneuver in combat to take advantage of weaknesses in the opposing ships' design. Specific objectives are presented in the mission briefing, most of which involve the player investigating alien planets, ships or stellar objects.

Controls and functionsEdit

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Starfleet battle cruiser in open space

The player must manage his ship's weapons, shields, propulsion and life-support via a control panel presented on the left side of the screen.

The panel contains various ship settings (weapons, velocity, and shields), and reconfigures depending on the player's current action; the player can move the ship by clicking on it in the 'space' portion of the window, or choose from several more complicated maneuvers from a selection on the panel.

Gameplay dynamicsEdit

In Starfleet Command, ships are treated as complex entities, with a variety of tactics and resources. Starships are large mobile 'bases', and players spend more time managing power-levels and allocating resources than engaging in combat.

During a battle, the player may use any of a number of weapons, such as beam weapons, missiles, shuttles, marines and tractor beams. The effectiveness of any particular weapon varies according to the enemy's ship type. By crippling specific sub-systems, the player can weaken or disable the enemy vessel, rather than destroying it outright.

Some missions require the use of specific weapons or systems; a player may be asked to use a tractor beam to rescue a disabled ship, or send in a squad of marines when capturing an enemy vessel.

CreditsEdit

Voice cast Edit

Crew Edit

VersionsEdit

In late 1999, a Gold Edition (called the Captain's Edition in Germany) was released with 26 new missions.

In 2000 a third edition was released, dubbed the Neutral Zone Edition. This was a low-priced stripped down version that only included the Federation and Klingon races.

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